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Agony Of Victory
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on Jan 22, 2007
An article in todays Chronicle deals with life after football for the SF 49rs Super Bowl winning roster. Almost all of the players willing to be interviewed suffer from very serious health problems caused by years of playing football. Many live with extreme and crippling pain, many can easily qualify as cripples. They suffer from destroyed joints, shattered backs and spines, damaged brains because of repeated hits to the head and concussion, etc. Some walk like hunchbacks, some can't stand on a hard surface without horrible pain, some can't get out of bed in the morning without help- most have artificial joints, and we are talking about men who are between the ages of 47 and 59. The great Joe Montana has a shattered knee that will need to be replaced soon, he recently underwent spinal fusion surgery, his left eye is damaged because of concussions, his shoulders are seriously damaged, etc. Players who hadn't signed the huge contracts or didn't play long enough to become wealthy are often left penniless because of their huge medical bills. Even players who did earn millions of dollars find out they require very expensive and often permanent medical care because of their football related injuries and run out of money. Since football became such an integral part of our culture, players on the high school, college and professional level are treated by millions as celebrities, role models and simetime as demi-Gods, I was wondering how the readers felt about his situation.
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